CHAPEL HILL, NC -- Swapping a soda for water or diet cola can help dieters lose up to five pounds.
Researchers at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill studied over three hundred overweight adults. In the study, they were assigned to one of three groups: the first group switched calorie-laden drinks for water, the second for diet soft drinks, and the third group had no counseling at all.
The study found those who tried water or diet soda were two times more likely to lose five percent of their body weight.
There were some differences between the diet soda and water groups. Soda drinkers who like the taste of sweet drinks or carbonation were more likely to stick with the switch while water drinkers had lower blood sugar levels.
This study was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and was funded by Nestle Waters, USA, though they had no involvement in the study's design or review.